Recap - Offense leads the Red Sox to 4th straight win.
Jorge Camargo Contributing Writer
Photo from Associated Press.
The Red Sox began the first game of the series against the Blue Jays by sending Rick Porcello to the mound. Coming from the strongest start in his career, Porcello was supported from a powerful hitting perfomance from the offense that lead the Red Sox to a 11-4 win.
Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts began the bottom half of the third with back-to-back singles. Pablo Sandoval advanced them to second and third thanks to a sac bunt, and Bradley Jr. scored the second run for the Red Sox thanks to a groundout from Xander Bogaerts. Big Papi boosted the Red Sox lead 3-1 with his second double of the game that allowed Betts to score.
The Red Sox continued putting a hitting show in the next inning with back-to-back singles from Castillo and Brock Holt. Similar to the scenario in the previous inning, Blake Swihart advnaced the runners with a sac bunt and Bradley Jr. followed with a single that brought Castillo home. Betts hit his second hit of the game and allowed Holt to score to give the Red Sox a 5-1 lead.
Toronto cut Boston's lead to 5-2 with a solo home run from Justin Smoak in the fifth inning, but the Red Sox ended up adding insurnace runs in the next innings. Swihart began the sixth inning with a single and was followed by a two-run home run from Bradley Jr. Betts got on base with his third hit of the game, and scored a run thanks to a double from Bogaerts.
Bradley Jr. hit a ground-rule double on the 7th to boost the Red Sox lead to 9-2 and even though Torono tried to cut that lead to 9-4, Shaw hit a two-run home run in the eight that ended up being the last nail in the coffin for the Blue Jays.
Every Red Sox player of the starting lineup but Sandoval and Bogaerts, scored at least a run.
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